Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War
During WW2, a platoon of Marines crash-lands on a tiny Pacific island occupied by a small Japanese unit.
The first Japanese-American co-production, produced by Kikumaru Okuda for Toho Studios and by Frank Sinatra for Warner Brothers.
Our island is a little chunk of coral in the Sakhalin archipelago. It is nameless and the Great War beyond its horizons ignores us, for we are the expendables of an amphibious landing, left to God, a forgotten outpost of the Imperial Japanese Army.
In some scenes the Japanese officer is carrying a Walther P-38, which is a German-made pistol, but in other scenes he's carrying a Nambu, which is a Japanese-made pistol.
The line NOBODY EVER WINS appears in place of "The End" just before the end credits start, which is appropriate given the film's anti-war message.
Some prints of the film do not include subtitles for any of the Japanese sequences.